This seal I have designed has the motto "Per Aspera Ad Astra" on it and "We reflect here our innermost dreams and aspirations in this sphere...we reflect here our innermost dreams and aspirations in this sphere...and so on, in circle, ad infinitum. I took this motto back in 1981. I believe that some Air Force services may also use this Latin saying. In the foreground is a meditation mandala, and the background is made from a modified and reflected variant of the Time Machine from the 1960 George Pal film of the same name.
The labyrinth - a design that requires one to pass from an entry point to the target centre goal. Like a metaphor for life itself, the labyrinth represents the aim to strive towards the fulfillment of the self.
A time for reflection.
A time to consider one's position in the scheme of things, and of one's life. What is now will come to pass. We find ourselves by the decisions and personal choices we make. There is no strict avenue or pathway through life's meandering tree of experience. Each of us has valid directions to take, and the challenges that also come with these choices.
For what are we that think we're alive?
We are all things unto ourselves.
See the opportunities in one's daily life
Various opportunities may well present themselves at different times. Embrace the idea of synchronous events presenting themselves, and use this knowledge to anticipate courses of action. There are positive opportunities and "negative" opportunities. Negative opportunities present the most challenging kind of personal involvement, since they go beyond our rational sense of what constitutes "wise counsel".
Life will often present difficulties, paradoxes and situations that seem contrary to logic or reason
It is important to understand the significance of these contradictions. Sometimes life may make little sense. It is then important to step back a little, to "distance" one's self to see a more distinct picture. Uncertainty, paradox and the irrational appear to present the motivations for "re-alignment" of the psyche. Like Alice in Wonderland - the illogical forces us to re-assess our world from a standpoint "outside" of ourselves.
Build solid foundations for your life - career, financial, educational, creative, relationships
Particularly with regard to education and employment, these foundations will form the basis for more meaningful enterprises. It is also important to consider the relationship that one has with one's self, and whether this is moving in a positive direction.
It is important to understand the kind of person one is. It is important to understand or at least acknowledge all facets of the self - positive, negative, clear and focused or imprecise and vague. These all are part of the character that defines one's personality.
This approach can assist in determining personal goals - where you are and where you would like to be. This can be a wonderful way of visualizing a sense of location for personal progress.
Make maps for where you want to progress
Chart out steps to achieve your goals. Even in basic diagramatic form, it all adds to the way one sees one's directions.
Develop skills that are useful and valuable for yourself
These are personal choices, influenced by desire, need and common sense. Ideas of morality and justice play an equally important role in that provide a framework for justifying one's actions. Attached to the notion of morality are the concepts of human rights, and indeed the rights of other sentient beings as well.
Seeing life as a series of blocks of time, phases or epochs
See time as a construct that can actually work for you. Time itself need not be a limiting phenomenon - it can be a fluid medium by which one can actualize outcomes.
We exercise our ability to be free when we are able to utilize information on which to base our choices for life. To make sense out of making any choices at all in our lives, then the concept of freedom must be established within the bounds of a fair and just society. Being free and motivated beings is at the very heart of being human. We have a right to be the kind of person that comprises our most fundamental essence.
"The Soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendour has no limit".
"The principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard, or seen, or smelt, but is perceived by the man who desires its perception".
"Each man is his own absolute law-giver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to himself; the decreer of his life, his reward, his punishment".
The Idyll of the White Lotus, Light on the Path
-- three truths in accordance with the principles of the Theosophical Society.